Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

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The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading patient-directed national organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses. The organization fosters an environment of understanding about the impact and management of these life-threatening illnesses by providing up-to-date, scientifically based tools and information written in language the general public can understand. DBSA supports research to promote more timely diagnosis, develop more effective and tolerable treatments, and discover a cure. The organization works to ensure that people living with mood disorders are treated equitably. DBSA was founded in 1985.

DBSA is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that answers more than 3,000 calls per month on our toll-free information and referral line and receives over 21 million hits per year on our combined websites. Each month, we distribute nearly 20,000 educational materials free of charge to anyone requesting information about mood disorders. DBSA reaches nearly five million people through our educational materials and programs, exhibit materials, and media activities.

DBSA’s prestigious Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) is comprised of the leading researchers and clinicians in the field of mood disorders. SAB members review DBSA publications and programs for medical and scientific accuracy. In addition, SAB members present at DBSA conferences, author peer-reviewed manuscripts on behalf of the organization, and represent DBSA to the media.

DBSA has a grassroots network of nearly 1,000 patient-run support groups across the country. Our peer-led chapters and support groups serve about 70,000 people every year. Support groups play an important role in recovery with 86 percent of support group members reporting that their group helped with treatment adherence. This is a key finding because treatment adherence means fewer hospital stays, which in turn means lower insurance costs, greater employee productivity, and significantly increased quality of life. DBSA has 17 state organizations and more than 400 chapters across America.

DBSA publishes more than two dozen educational materials about living with mood disorders, all available free of charge. Its educational materials are free of medical and scientific jargon and convey a message of hope and optimism. All materials are reviewed by patients to ensure the contents are targeted for patients and their families.

DBSA helps when people need it most: before diagnosed, when first diagnosed, and when treatment isn’t working.


Steve Hedrick says:

I have been fighting with depression for over 30 years and just gets worse. I just want to live a normal life, just want to live. Only people that suffer from depression can understand what it is like and they will agree that it really sucks. Is bipolar drepression and depression the same. I took a test for bipolar and got a 100 on it. 100 is not good for that kinda test.They say there is no cure for bipolar depression. That just took all the fight out of me. Why did it take so long for me to figure this out?I wish i never took the fuc—- test. The rope just got shorter. The treatment side effects are not worth it. Who wants to live like that.

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